Information about a potential patron saint: Holy Martyr Benjamin the Deacon
Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:39 PM
The information I have gives him two feast days, March 31 and October 13. Actually, different sources give him one of two feast days, and never references the other. The Russian Orthodox Christian Menaion on www.orthodox.net lists the Holy Martyr on the commemorations on October 13, he is not mentioned on March 31. Wikipedia, oddly, has an article about him and lists March 31, but not the October 13 date. The OCA Lives of the Saints places him on both March 31 and October 13, but gives a different account of his life. They do not conflict, they are just different, and do not reference each other. I've only found a single icon of him, on www.comeandseeicons.com. I cannot access the website from my work computer here, but it also only gives one of the dates and does not reference the other.
I understand that many saints have multiple feasts days: date of repose/martyrdom, translation of relics, date of glorification, etc. Sometimes they are commemorated with other saints (St. John Chrysostom comes to mind as a well-known example of having multiple commemorations). However, I'm perplexed about multiple feast days for this saint. He seems to have no relics kept by the Church, and isn't really even well-known. No sources even reference the other feast day given, much less explain why that date is the saint's feast.
Does anyone know anything about this saint and his feast day(s)? Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Posted 04 October 2010 - 11:13 PM
Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:04 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 02:22 PM
I need to pick which will be my nameday, and the meaning for them is important to my selection. I'm still looking myself, of course, but if anyone knows anything, please let me know.
Posted 13 October 2010 - 03:46 PM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 01:18 PM
My searching didn't turn up much of anything. All I would say is that I doubt March 31st is the day of his martyrdom. It looks like a common commemoration day for St. Benjamin and St. Abdas (and, according to at least one source, several others killed in the same persecution), but most sources say that Dcn Benjamin was killed some time after Bishop Abdas (anywhere from thirty days to three years later, depending on the source). I couldn't find anything which would give a hint on the Oct. 13 date.
I'm inclined to agree, given the way that the OCA Lives of the Saints commemorates each day. The March date definitely seems to be a memorial for Ss. Adbas and Benjamin, as well as the others martyred with them, based on the hagiography there. October 13 seems to focus on St. Benjamin for some reason. This inclines me towards the October date.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:11 PM
The broad strokes of his story are the same irrespective of the source I have found; Persian in early to mid 400’s, refused to stop evangelizing when told to, tortured with thorns and reeds, and finally impaled (a very slow death where one is thrust through a wooded stake and die more from exposure than anything).
This is a Saint truly worth knowing!
Edited by Herman Blaydoe, 29 March 2011 - 11:16 PM.
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